The sixties and seventies were a milestone for the Australian motoring industry, when automotive companies started manufacturing home grown cars for the local market. Many of these cars have withstood the test of time and have since become classic cars revered by car enthusiasts. Whether you are a serious classic Australian cars lover searching for collector cars to add to your collection or just want to find a classic car to zip around the city in, you will find it on eBay Australia.
When the FJ Holden was first released in 1953, it quickly became Australia’s most popular motorcar and helped secure Holden’s position as Australia’s greatest car manufacturer. A revamped version of the previous FX Holden, it was the car of choice in the 1950s as well as the first car for many Australians at that time. The car was later passed on to their children when they started learning how to drive, thus endearing it to a new generation. Featuring a horizontal chrome grille with twin port ‘nostrils’ and torpedo style lights, the sturdy nature and simple design made it a good and reliable all round vehicle, even in the rough Australian road conditions. Today, the FJ Holden is regarded as an Australian icon and a motoring classic.
Back in July 1968, when the first striking new HK model Monaro first made its debut, it was the first Australian muscle car to be fully designed and built in Australia. Holden described it as “…the biggest step we have taken since the manufacture of the first Holden in 1948”. The first Monaro offered buyers a choice of at least 19 engine and transmission combinations. As the Monaro met with unprecedented success in races and rallies, its street credibility was boosted and drivers scrambled to tap into the excitement. The Monaro sports car was a charismatic vehicle that had rakish good looks as well as the Holden trademark of toughness and durability. During its 11 year reign back in the late 1960s and 1970s, it went through a variety of model changes including the HQ Monaro, HX Monaro and the HZ GTS (also known as the Monaro GTS sedan).
The first Holden Torana HB first made it appearance in May 1967. At that time, it wasn’t much more than a re-worked Vauxhall Viva, although the 4 door HB which was released in September 1968 was fully an Australian design. Other subsequent Torana models included the LC Torana in late 1969 and the Torana LJ, which was to be the last of the Viva lineage Torana, in February 1972. The all new LH Torana was announced in 1974. Instead of being slightly modified versions of Vauxhalls like the previous Toranas, the LH was to be GM Holden’s first completely Australian designed medium car. It was made available with a choice of 4, 6 or V8 power, something which was very rare back then. Although the last Torana model dates back to 1980, they are still commonly seen on the roads. This is not just because of their performance records or success on the racing tracks, but also because they were, and still are great cars for everyday use.
Ford Falcon XR
The Ford Falcon was first launched in September 1960. The first model, the XK, was sold as a “compact car” as it was smaller compared to the popular family cars in the 1960s. This was followed by the XL, XM and XP models in subsequent years. Although initial models faced difficulties when handling the rough road conditions in Australia, Ford Australia spent a lot of effort in order to prove the sturdiness of the Falcon and Australians finally accepted that it was suitable for local conditions after a couple of year. By the mid 1960s, the Ford Falcon had made its presence felt in the Australian car market. In 1966, a new Falcon that was completely different to anything before appeared with the arrival of the XR model. For the first time, a V8 engine was featured and the XR Falcon became the first model to carry the legendary GT badge. Compared to previous models, it also integrated more Australian design input.
Chrysler Valiant Charger
In 1971, the arrival of the VH Valiant range of the short wheelbase, fastback Charger caused a new star to rise on the Australian motoring scene. Besides being acclaimed widely by the public as well as the motoring press, the Charger was also described as “the most handsome car Chrysler has ever produced, and probably the best looking car ever produced by an Australian manufacturer” by the Australian Motoring News. This classic 70s icon came in four versions – standard, XL, 770 and the R/T. It can be argued that the R/T Chargers are probably the most Australian built examples out of all Australian muscle cars. The only component sourced out of Australia is the exotic Italian Weber carburettors. When the VJ Charger debuted in 1973, the range had been reduced to only three models – standard, XL or 770. The R/T was no longer being produced and with its demise, most of the appeal of the car was gone and as a result, sales suffered. Today, Valiant Chargers are highly prized by collectors, and none more so than the E49, of which only 149 were produced.